Preschool

Curious. Social. Talkative.

As three-year-olds, children are entering the “magic years” – a time when wonder, curiosity, and imagination dominate their world. Preschool children love stories, songs, and dramatic play. Their language development is taking off and they enjoy expressing their thoughts and feelings with others. These language abilities pave the way for more complex social relationships: this is the year when children begin developing real friendships.

Our High Scope curriculum supports preschool children as they begin associating alphabet letters with meaningful words and messages, use increased finger dexterity to write letters and use a variety of simple classroom tools, and develop greater persistence with challenging tasks. Our “Read It Once Again” curriculum emphasizes emerging literacy development. Preschool children enjoy time on the playground daily and physical education in the gym weekly. They also participate in a monthly visit from our storyteller and visits from other guests who enhance their classroom experiences.

Our goals for Preschoolers:

  • Engage in conversation with adults and peers
  • Use real and made-up rhyming words
  • Identify beginning letter of own name and classmates’ names
  • Identify the meaning of common symbols
  • Write letter-like forms
  • Count up to 10 objects
  • Recognize and name two-dimensional shapes
  • Use measurement terms in everyday speech
  • Recognize simple patterns
  • Identify things as same and different
  • Describe changes in objects and situations
  • Use yesterday and tomorrow to refer to things in the past or future
  • Play with others using words and actions
  • Take on the role of family or community helpers in pretend play
  • Name emotions and explain reasons for them
  • Use art materials freely
  • Explore making sounds with simple musical instruments
  • Move body in a variety of ways such as jumping and galloping
  • Transition through the daily routine with some assistance
  • Request adult help to solve a problem
  • Make a simple plan and follow through